Shadows & Roses

Pink & Blue

"Is it weird having two human beings living inside of you?" I said as I stared at the large bump that was hidden under Haruhi's shirt.

Haruhi laughed, "I never really thought about it like that. Weird…I guess…"

Haruhi and I stood in the kitchen of the modest house that she and Tamaki shared making cookies. It was two levels with three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs and a living room and kitchen downstairs. It was much smaller than the rest of our homes but I liked the feel of it.

The twins still lived at the Hitachiin manor with their parents while Honey and I had a large penthouse apartment in the middle of the city with a beautiful view. Mori lived in a slightly smaller apartment down the hall from us with a hot tub on his balcony and a small dojo that the three of us sometimes used to work out together.

Haruhi's house felt cozier than ours ever could. I loved spending time here. Usually, like today, it was Haruhi and I. Tamaki was at a meeting with the Suoh Company and was going to a lunch with someone or another after and Honey was working at the Dojo with his Father.

"So are you and Tamaki ready for them?" I asked.

"I'm more than ready. My back hurts all the time and I can't sleep at night. Tamaki is a little nervous though but I'm sure he'll be fine after they're here." Haruhi replied.

"He's probably going to freak out when you go into labor." I smiled.

"And then I'll have to drive myself to the hospital." she smiled back.

"Well if that happens call me and I'll come help you out." I replied.

"Sure thing." Haruhi nodded as she bit down on a banana she had just peeled.

My stomach churned at the sweet smell. The past couple of days my stomach had been turning easily. Honey and I had been the run lately because it seemed nearly every night was a new event we had to make an appearance at. I hadn't been eating right and figured that my stomach would settle down eventually when I did.

"Are you okay?" Haruhi asked.

I nodded, "I'm fine. My stomach is upset a little from not eating right."

"Are you sure?" she asked.

"Yeah it's been like this for a couple days now. I'm sure I'll be fine later. Do you guys have everything set up yet?" I asked trying to ignore the sudden nausea.

"Would you like to see the nursery?" Haruhi asked still looking uncertain.

"You have it done?" I asked.

"We finished it last week. Come on and I'll show it to you while these are baking." Haruhi replied and slid the cookie sheet in the oven before motioning to me to follow her.

We headed upstairs and Haruhi led me to the room. The walls were painted a very pale blue with matching white cribs pushed against each wall and a changing table in the middle. One bed had bright pink bedding and the other had bright blue, both with teddy bear mobiles. A gliding rocker was tucked into a corner across from a huge pile of stuffed animals from Honey and the closet could barely shut thanks to the copious amounts of designer clothes the twins had gifted.

The walls were decorated with photos. There were ones of both Tamaki and Haruhi's parents and ones of the Host Club. I saw myself gazing out from a few but the biggest one was identical to the one that Kyoya had had in his room the first time I had visited.

"It's beautiful." I smiled.

"Thanks. Tamaki wanted to hire a decorator and the twins were pestering me to let them decorate but I wanted to do it on my own. I'm happy with it." she replied.

I opened my mouth to say something when I saw a pained look on Haruhi's face.

"What's wrong?" I asked feeling my panic level rise.

She shook her head, "Just practice contractions. The doctor told me they were normal."

"Are you sure?" I asked.

She nodded, "We'd better get downstairs to the cookies."

"Oh! Damn!" I replied and hurried out of the room, the smell of the cookies wafting through the house, signaling they were ready.

I had just pulled the hot tray from the oven when I heard Haruhi suddenly gasp. Thanks to the fact she was severely pregnant Haruhi had been several steps behind me and as I exited the kitchen I found her standing on the last few steps. One hand gripped the railing tightly and the other cradled her belly. Looking down I saw a small puddle on the floor at her feet.

"M-My water just broke." Haruhi said looking at me with wide eyes.

"What?! Are you serious!? You're not due for another four weeks!" I asked.

Haruhi nodded, "When they want to come they come and I need to get to the hospital. Can you call Tamaki?"

"Of course." I said and pulled my phone out of my jeans and quickly found Tamaki's number. However it went straight to voicemail so I tried again and then a third time but got the same result.

"He's not answering." I said walking into the living room where Haruhi was pacing.

"Damn it. He must still be in that meeting." she said and a moment later groaned and grabbed her stomach, freezing in the spot.

I hurried over and grabbed her hand, "It's okay. Why don't I take you? We can try calling him on the way."

"Alright. That sounds good. My bag is in the hall closet." she said.

"Right." I nodded and went to grab it before going back to help Haruhi.

While in the States I had learned how to drive. My mother had nearly had a heart attack when she found out but had gotten over it. When we'd gotten back to Japan I had brought the car Honey had bought me for my birthday with me. It was a BMW which was supposed to be expensive but really I had no clue about cars. I like it because it was fast. And right now fast was going to be something very good.

After helping Haruhi into the passenger side I climbed behind the wheel and quickly pulled away from the curb.

"Where to?" I asked.

"Otori Maternity." she replied.

I felt something drop in my stomach but nodded and turned the wheel towards the Maternity Hospital located 15 minutes away. As I drove I called the hospital before continuing to call Tamaki. After a handful of unsuccessful attempts I left him a breathless and irritated voicemail that was highlighted as a hard contraction hit Haruhi making her scream bloody murder.

Finally we reached the Hospital where the staff was already waiting. Soon we were in a private room, the sound of soft beeps emitting from the monitors.

"Is there anything you need?" I asked as I settled into a chair beside Haruhi's bed.

"Only Tamaki. I can't believe that he isn't answering his phone." Haruhi sighed.

"Don't worry. I'm sure he'll get the message soon. If not I'll call Honey and Mori and sic them on him." I smiled.

"Oh! Can you call my Dad? I can't believe I forgot! And the others too!" Haruhi said suddenly looking horrified.

"Of course. Are you going to be alright on your own? I have to go to the lobby to call them." I replied.

She nodded and with the promise to be back I left the room. I took the elevator to the lobby before pulling out my phone and dialing Haruhi's old home number. A few minutes later a tired Ranka answered.

"Hello?" he asked.

"Mr. Fujioka? This is Sora Haninozuka, Haruhi's friend." I replied.

"Yes! I remember you from when you and Haruhi went to Ouran together. How are you and please call me Ranka." He replied suddenly more chipper.

"I'm fine but I actually called about Haruhi. She-" but he interrupted me.

"What's wrong with Haruhi? Is she okay?! What about the babies?! What happened?!" Ranka replied.

"Nothing's wrong at all but she is in labor." I said.

"Labor?! Oh my! I'll be at the hospital as soon as I can! Thank you for calling me dear!" Ranka said and hung up.

Smiling I quickly called the Honey and the others. I was just hanging up with Kaoru when a car screeched to a stop outside. I looked up just in time to see Tamaki jump out of a cab and come running in.

"Sora! Where's Haruhi?! Has she had the babies yet?!" Tamaki asked grabbing onto my hands, his voice breathless.

I laughed, "Calm down. She's fine and she's not going to have the babies for a long while yet. They're giving her pain medication as we speak to help with the contractions. I've called all the others and Ranka. They'll be here shortly. Haruhi's room is 312 on the 3rd floor. She's expecting you."

"Thank you so much Sora for everything." he said.

"Yeah whatever. Go to your wife. Shoo." I smiled and he grinned and gave me a quick and sloppy kiss on the cheek before hurrying to the elevator.

I smiled and wiped the spit off my cheek with the sleeve of my t-shirt before heading out to the front to wait for the others. Before long Ranka showed up and I gave him the same instructions and assurance I had given Tamaki before he hurried off upstairs. A short time later the twins arrived with Mori and Honey on their heels.

"How's Haru-Chan?!" Honey asked as the four of them hurried over to me.

"She's in a room upstairs with Tamaki and Ranka. There's a waiting room just down the hall from there that we can wait in. They don't want too many people in the room." I replied.

"It's probably already going to be pretty crazy with Tono and Ranka in there. I bet you all five bucks that she'll kick them out at least twice." Kaoru smirked.

"Twice? I'm betting on at least four times." Hikaru replied.

"I think you're both awful to bet on Haruhi. Now c'mon. Lets go upstairs. We'll never get any news down here." I said and we headed to the waiting room.

The five of us knew that it would be a while so we settled down to wait. Hikaru sat down in the corner and pulled on his earphones while I sat at a table with Mori and Kaoru and played with a deck of cards that Mori had made materialize out of nowhere. Honey had disappeared to the cafeteria a while before to see if they had any cake.

I was through my fifth round of go fish with Mori and Kaoru when my stomach jumped again. Frowning I brought my hand up to my mouth and closed my eyes, trying to block out the nauesa.

"Sora? Are you okay?" Karou asked.

I nodded, "I'm fine. My stomach is just a bit queasy. I don't think I've been eating right."

Mori looked like he wanted to ask something when Honey came bouncing into the room. He had two plastic shopping bags which he put on the table in front of us.

"Look at all the stuff I found in the gift shop!" he gushed and dumped out one of the shopping bags which was full of candy and sweets.

"Wow…you got a lot." Hikaru said picking up a candy bar that was made with caramel and nougat as he walked over.

"Yeah but I also got this!" he smiled and from inside the bag pulled out two blankets. They were a pair of blankets with a checked boarder that alternated between light pink and white or light blue and white. The pink one had a pink bunny in the middle and the blue one had a blue teddy bear.

"Aww…they're adorable Honey." I replied taking one of the blankets and looking at it closer.

"Let's try the candy! I bought things that I thought you all would like!" Honey said and started handing out the candy bars and treats.

"We should eat something else first." Mori said and Honey looked up at him.

"Why?"

"Sora's stomach." he replied.

Honey looked at me concerned, "What's wrong with your stomach?" he asked.

"Nothing really. I just think that it's upset because we haven't been eating right lately. I'm sure it will work out." I replied.

"Well then we should get you something to eat. Come on!" Honey said and grabbed my hand before pulling me out of my chair and to the elevator.

We headed to the cafeteria and got meals for all of us before heading back to the waiting room. My stomach was growling since with the exception of a few cookies at Haruhi's I had yet to eat.

Opening the box I smiled at the delicious looking contents and dug in. However after a few bites something changed. Suddenly the smell of the food was too much. My stomach lurched and I shoved the box away from me.

"Sora? Are you okay?" Hikaru asked.

I wanted to open my mouth but I was afraid of what might come out. I shook my head instead and that movement was what drove me over the edge.

Jumping up I made a beeline for the bathroom I had seen on the way from the elevator. I made it just in time. Dropping to my knees I heaved what little I had eaten into the toilet. My body shook violently and my stomach contracted painfully.

Finally after what seemed like forever I collapsed back against the wall of the bathroom, my chest heaving. The door opened revealing Honey who looked concerned.

"Sora? Are you okay?" he asked.

I didn't have the energy to reply. When I didn't say anything Honey walked in and towards the sink. He got a paper towel wet and wiped my face with it.

"Do you want to go home?"

I shook my head, "No…I want to be here with Haruhi has the babies. I'll be fine. I kind of feel better anyway."

"Okay then. But you should still rest. Do you want me to ask a nurse if she can make you a room while we wait? Kyo-Chan's family owns this and they know us so it wouldn't be a problem." Honey said.

I shook my head. There was no way that I could ask for a room. It would just be ridiculous to take up a room when I wasn't sick. Besides what if someone came in and needed it? Yeah this was strictly for women to have babies but still….I couldn't do it.

Honey nodded and helped me up before taking my hand, walking me towards the waiting room.

"Are you okay?" Mori asked looking concerned.

I nodded, "I'm fine. I probably just ate too fast."

"Do you want the rest of your food?" Kaoru asked.

The thought made me nauseous again so I shook my head.

"I'm just going to rest on the couch." I replied.

"Here I got you these!" Honey said and held up a hospital blanket and pillow.

"Thanks." I smiled and took them over and curled up on the couch.

Honey walked over and tucked my blankets up around me before pressing a kiss to my forehead.

"Get some rest. I'll wake you up if anything changes." he promised.

I nodded, "Thank you."

He smiled from ear to ear, "You're welcome."

I closed my eyes and suddenly it was as if I hadn't slept in days. I was out before I knew it.

"Sora? Sora wake up!" Honey said shaking me.

I opened my eyes and saw him standing over me.

"What's going on?" I asked.

"Tama-Chan says the babies are going to be here any minute!" he replied.

"Oh!" I said and shot up.

"Are you feeling any better?" Hikaru asked as I stood up.

"A little yeah. How long was I out?" I asked.

"You must have been really out of it because you were asleep all day. Like 8 or so hours." Kaoru replied.

"Eight hours?!" I asked and he nodded showing me his watch.

I shook my head and sighed, "So any minute?"

Honey nodded, "Tama-Chan said that Haruhi is starting to push."

"It might be hours yet though." I replied.

"Really?" Mori asked and I nodded.

"Yeah. It varies from woman to woman but it could take a while." I said.

Suddenly Tamaki came skidding into the room, clad in scrubs.

"Or not." I smiled and jumped up.

"They're here!" he grinned.

All of us began to chatter our congratulations to Tamaki along with hugging him.

"They're both perfect! Beautiful! They're cleaning them up and everything now but then you all must see them!" He gushed.

"We can't wait!" I smiled.

Tamaki hurried out of the room to go back to Haruhi and the twins and we settled in to wait. A half hour later the nurse brought us back.

Haruhi sat propped up in the bed wearing a soft pink dressing gown while Ranka and Tamaki stood on either side holding a baby. She looked tired but very happy.

"Congratulations Mommy!" I grinned as I walked over and hugged Haruhi.

"Thank you." Haruhi beamed.

"We brought surprises for the babies!" Honey said and pulled out the blankets, handing them to Haruhi.

"I'm sure the babies will love them Honey-Sempai." Haruhi smiled as she looked at them.

"Hey Tono! Can I hold one?" Hikaru asked.

"Only if you wash yourself thoroughly first." Tamaki said.

"Aww c'mon Boss!" Hikaru replied.

"Those are the rules." he said and rolling his eyes but heading for the bathroom none the less with Kaoru on his heels.

"Would you like to hold him?" Tamaki asked turning to me.

"I thought we had to wash our hands." I replied.

"Tamaki doesn't want the twins anywhere near the babies." Haruhi said.

"I don't know Tamaki…Sora was sick earlier." Honey said.

"Oh! What's wrong?" Tamaki asked looking concerned and I knew it was more for me than the baby.

"I ate too fast. That's it. I took a nap and I'm fine." I replied.

"Are you sure?" Tamaki asked.

I nodded, "Of course."

"Alright then here you go." he smiled and carefully placed the baby in my arms.

It was the boy. He had wisps of dark brown hair and for a moment he opened his eyes letting me catch a glimpse of blue violet.

"He's beautiful. What's his name?" I asked.

"His name is Mattieu Hiroshi and she's Tamiko Viviane." Haruhi said.

"Their names are so cute!" Honey smiled.

I turned and saw Mori holding Tamiko while Honey cooed over her.

"We wanted French and Japanese names for them." Haruhi replied.

"And we wanted ones that were close to ours. So we picked Hiroshi for him since it's close to Haruhi and Tamiko for her since it's close to my name." Tamaki said as he looked down at the baby in my arms.

Walking over I saw that Tamiko had blond hair and was looking up at Mori with big brown eyes. She looked even smaller in his big arms.

"Hey! You said we couldn't hold them until we washed our hands!" Hikaru said walking into the room.

"We did wash our hands." I lied quickly.

"How?" Kaoru asked.

"Sanitizer." Mori replied and nodded towards the machine on the wall.

Both twins gave the machine incredulous looks before turning back to Tamaki and Haruhi.

"Can we please hold them?" Kaoru asked.

"Yes you can hold them." she nodded and Mori and I carefully handed the babies over.

"Sora, Honey? Would you mind if I asked something of you?" Tamaki asked suddenly.

I looked up from where I had been cooing to Mattieu over Hikaru's shoulder, "Sure."

"Would you do us the honor of being the twin's godparents?" Tamaki asked.

"You…you want us to be godparents?" Honey asked.

"Yes we'd really appreciate it." Haruhi smiled.

I looked at Honey who smiled, "We'd love to!"

"Of course!" I smiled and we both moved forward to hug Tamaki and Haruhi.

"Thank you." Haruhi smiled as I hugged her.

"No! Thank you for such and honor!" I said and felt tears start to fall down my cheeks.

"Wow…I'm crying! I don't know what's wrong with me!" I laughed as I wiped them from my cheeks.

Haruhi looked at me for a moment before turning to her Dad.

"Dad you should go home." Haruhi said looking up at Ranka.

"And leave my grandchildren!? Never!" Ranka said despite the fact that he looked exhausted.

"Dad you're tired. Please just this once go home and rest. You can come back and spend all day with the babies and I." Haruhi replied.

Ranka looked at Haruhi for a few moments before sighing, "Alright dear. I love you and I'm so proud of you. Your mother would be too."

"I know Dad. Love you too." she smiled.

Ranka smiled and kissed Haruhi on the forehead gently before walking over and giving both twins a gentle kiss. He even gave Tamaki a hug before bidding all of us goodbye and leaving.

"You guys are probably tired too. It's nearly three in the morning." Haruhi said.

"Are you kidding? I slept for 8 whole hours in the waiting room. I'm ready to see the babies. However if you're tired we'll all leave." I smiled.

"I'm alright for right now. Tamaki why don't you go and get some coffee though?" Haruhi suggested.

"I could never leave you and our wonderful children my dear!" Tamaki said.

"They might have Commoner's Coffee." Haruhi replied.

Tamaki's eyes perked up, "Well maybe a cup of coffee would be good. Come men! Show me where this cafeteria is!" he said.

"Do we have to?" Hikaru asked.

"Of course! Now come on!" Tamaki said.

Reluctantly the twins handed over the babies to Haruhi and I before leaving.

"Why do I think that you wanted to get rid of them?" I asked as I sat in a chair next to Haruhi's bed rocking Tamiko.

"Because I wanted to ask you something." she replied looking from where she'd been gazing at Mattieu.

"What?" I asked.

"Are you pregnant?" she asked.

I looked at her, "What?"

"I asked if you were pregnant. Are you?" she asked.

"No Haruhi I'm not pregnant." I replied.

"Oh. I was just thinking since you said you've been sick and then earlier you burst out into tears and you usually don't do that. Then you said you slept all day." Haruhi replied.

"No. There's no way I'm pregnant. Trust me." I replied.

"Are you sure? I thought that at first too and look where that go me." she smiled and gestured at the babies.

I shook my head and sighed, "Haruhi…there really isn't anyway I can be pregnant. I promise. I would have to have sex first."

I felt my face heat up at my confession and looked up to see Haruhi looking confused.

"Honey and I don't have sex Haruhi."

"What? You're married though." she said frowning.

"We don't. Well…I mean we have once…a few weeks ago but not before or since. I just can't do it. I can't make myself sleep with him. I care about him but…I just…I can't." I replied.

"A few weeks ago?" Haruhi asked.

"Yeah but we used a condom. I watched him put it on." I said.

"Condoms break Sora." Haruhi replied.

"Would it make you feel better if I went and got a pregnancy test on the way home and called you after?" I asked.

"Actually they might have them here. You could go ask the nurse for one." she replied.

"Fine. Just to ease your mind." I said and handed Tamiko over to Haruhi before standing up and heading out of the room.

Walking out of the room I headed for the desk that sat on that floor and approached one of the nurses.

"Excuse me?"

"May I help you with something Mrs. Haninozuka?" she asked.

"Yes is it possible for me to get a pregnancy test?" I asked.

She looked at me curiously for a moment before smiling, "Of course. I'll go and get you one right now."

She appeared a few minutes later and handed me a box identical to the one that Kyoya and I had bought when I first had thought I was pregnant. Haruhi had been the one who's idea it was to get the test that time too.

Walking back to Haruhi's room I couldn't stop thinking about that day. I had been so afraid and sure that I would take the test and it would be positive. Now I was calm and collected. I knew I wasn't pregnant this time and I wasn't afraid.

"I got the test but it's going to be negative. This is nothing but a waste." I said and without a word from Haruhi I walked into the bathroom.

Sitting down I read the instructions before following them. Once I was done I sat it on the sink and stood up, buttoning my jeans.

"So?" Haruhi asked.

"It's not ready yet. I have to wait five minutes" I replied and walked over and scooped up Mattieu from the hospital bassinet beside Haruhi's bed.

"So what would you think about having one of your own? You already seem so good with the twins." Haruhi said.

"It would be great but like I said I'm not pregnant Haruhi. Besides who needs a baby? I have godchildren." I smiled down at the newborn in my arms.

"Well it's been 5 minutes." Haruhi replied.

I glanced at the clock on the wall and nodded putting Mattieu back in his bed. Walking into the bathroom I picked up the test and the instructions before walking back out.

"Okay so…plus sign means yes and a line means no and this says…." I looked the test and my heart stopped.

"Sora? What does it say?" Haruhi asked.

I couldn't speak. I couldn't breathe. Suddenly I felt my knees give way under me and I dropped to the floor. I vaguely heard Haruhi yell for a moment and the twins begin to cry but that was all drown out as everything began to spin.

Before I passed out the only thing I could see in front of my eyes was the bright blue plus sign that had looked back up at me from the test.

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